Hull City 2-1 Swansea City: Super sub Niasse the hero

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  • Niasse jumps off bench to score twice
  • Hull within one point of safety
  • Tigers have beat Swans three times this season
  • Swans just three points above the drop

Hull City beat Swansea City 2-1 at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday as Oumar Niasse played the hero from the bench.

The on loan Everton striker scored twice in the second half to clinch three valuable points for Hull against their relegation rivals as Marco Silva’s men have given themselves a fighting chance of staying up. Swansea dominated large chunks of the game but poor finishing from Wayne Routledge cost them dear and Alfie Mawson‘s late goal was nothing more than a consolation.

With the win Hull have 24 points and move up to 18th place and are one point from safety, while Swansea are on 27 points and remain in the thick of the relegation battle.

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Swansea got in-behind Hull’s defense early in the game as Routledge was set free but in-form goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic produced a fine save to keep the scores level.

Hull then forced the issue but Swansea almost went ahead when Sigurdsson’s free kick was almost deflected into his own net by Tom Huddlestone but Jakupovic again came to the rescue.

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Before half time Swansea were forced into two substitutions as Angel Rangel was replaced by Jordi Amat and Fernando Llorente came off with Jordan Ayew coming on.

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In the second half the Swans continued to press and a ball across goal from Tom Carroll found Routledge but he hit his shot over when he should’ve done better.

Jakupovic then saved superbly from Sigurdssons’s free kick and then saved again from the resulting corner as Hull’s defense was under siege.

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Hull went for it late on as Niasse came on to make a difference. Kamil Grosicki had a shot cleared by a Swans defender and soon after Hull were ahead.

A long ball forward found Niasse in the clear and he calmly slotted past Lukasz Fabianski to make it 1-0 to the home team.

Despite late Swansea pressure, Hull again broke free with Niasse finishing superbly to score his and Hull’s second of the game as he breathed new life into Hull’s survival bid.

Mawson scored late on but it was nothing more than a consolation goal.

Watch Live: PL Asia Trophy – Newcastle v. West Ham, Man City v. Wolves

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Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers aim to collect a bit of silverware on the second Premier League Asia Trophy match day of the summer.

But first, a pair of Uniteds look to get off the map after beatdowns in their tournament openers.

Newcastle United and West Ham United were both walloped in Nanjing, and old hands Steve Bruce and Manuel Pellegrini would be happy to massage a victory out of their men.

Then Pep Guardiola and PL champions City get a taste of Wolves before their Oct. 5 meeting in league play.

Below is the full schedule for Saturday’s games in Shanghai’s Hongkou Stadium.

Newcastle United v. West Ham United – 5 a.m. ET – STREAM LIVE
Man City v. Wolves – 7:30 a.m. ET – STREAM LIVE

WATCH: Zlatan stunner answers Vela’s opener in El Trafico

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking it like he talks it, not that that’s anything new.

A few days after claiming superiority over LAFC superstar Carlos Vela, Ibrahimovic and his Galaxy trailed early in El Trafico via a Vela penalty.

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Naturally, Zlatan took it upon himself to answer the bell with his 14th goal in 17 games.

Ibrahimovic chests a long ball onto his right foot, cooking Eduard Atuesta by pushing it into position for a tremendous lash into the LAFC goal.

And if you haven’t been following LAFC’s amazing season, Atuesta’s probably been the side’s best player after Vela, who now has 20 goals in 20 games.

Wizard stuff.

Borussia Dortmund tops Liverpool 3-2 at Notre Dame

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A half-hour of the big guns wasn’t enough to get Jurgen Klopp a result against his former team.

Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for Liverpool in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame on Friday.

Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, and Jacob Bruun Larsen scored for the Black Yellow, who led 3-1 when mass changes began with Virgil Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, and Andrew Robertson entering the match.

Liverpool faces Sevilla on Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston.

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Alcacer with the ball in the box is a bad idea, and the Spaniard took advantage of Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip to smash home from a yard outside the six.

Wilson leveled the score before halftime, but Delaney made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when a long diagonal ball beat the Reds line and a low pass across the box went undetected.

It was 3-1 via a clever Bruun Larsen touch to wrong foot James Milner, but Brewster brought the Reds back to within one when he converted a 75th minute penalty won by Ben Woodburn.

Liverpool was without Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, who are on break after deep summer tournament runs.

Eriksen offered big Spurs wages, but Atletico Madrid lurks

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Christian Eriksen may trade London for Madrid after all, but Marca claims it’ll be Real Madrid’s rivals who earn the services of Tottenham’s Danish playmaker.

Eriksen, 27, scored 10 goals with 17 assists for Spurs in all competitions last season, and was reportedly ready to spread his wings for Real Madrid.

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But pro-Real site Marca says Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Eriksen at the Bernabeu, and that Diego Simeone feels differently… should Atletico Madrid fail at landing his prime option.

That’s James Rodriguez, who remains property of Real and that’s a problem.

So Eriksen to Atleti, helping to replace Antoine Griezmann? It’s possible.

From Marca.com:

Just last November, the London club put a 250 million euro price tag on his head, but now appear keen to move him on. The next few days will likely reveal a lot about what’s to come.

So we may get an idea of whether this report has any guts to it by next week. There could be some sense to it, but Metro claims that Spurs are offering Eriksen an “enormous” contract to keep him in North London.

Enormous means a doubling of Eriksen’s wages, and the Dane is said to be happy in England. Might Spurs hold off the finest of La Liga and Serie A after all.